Mile 200 Report

June 12, 2022
by KFunk

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP
Sunday 10:00 AM
52° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Skimboarding - 2
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
bald eagle
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Styrofoam
New Development:
Natural Changes:

There were more cars than expected at Patterson State Park this rainy Sunday morning. As I headed south to start my mile, I searched for an easy way to cross the heavily flowing Patterson Creek. The two young men riding skimboards in the creek offered me the option to use the skimboard to get across but I decided it was probably better for me to just do a little wading. The tide line closest to the ocean contained dead mole crabs, many rocks, some crab body pieces, kelp and a few sticks. Half way through the mile, I was excited to see a bald eagle flying near the ocean. Other than that, the only birds I saw were some gulls and crows. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I observed the water pipe with a very light flow. Close to the dunes, it was nice to see the spring plant growth of the Vetch and Sea Sandwort. One of the dune markers that I regularly check is a path from a HWY 101 pull out that leads to the beach. It winds through the fore dune before a drop off to the beach. Sand has returned to the bottom of this dune making this path more accessible. Last visit, it was quite a bit of a jump to get down to the beach from this path. I snapped a picture of the protruding log that I've been regularly checking. Some sand is also returning to this area below the fore dune. I saw the usual styrofoam pieces in the highest tide line as well as the various trash items laying on the beach or stuck in the sticks near the dunes -  water bottle, straw, plastic bag,  shoe, kid's sand toys and boggie board, food wrapper. There was a fire pit and vertical log structure at the base of the path that leads to the Inn at Sandcastle  Beach Vacasa Rental. As I continued north by the dunes, I snapped a photo of the sandstone bluff and compared it to previous photos of this same bluff. There appears to be new graffiti thanks to Nick or someone fond of them. As I finished the mile, the skimboarders had left the creek and were now enjoying the incoming tide at the foreshore.

  • Patterson Creek
    Patterson Creek
    June 12, 2022
  • Tide line near ocean
    Tide line near ocean
    44.409244, -124.086211
    June 12, 2022
  • Vetch
    44.405753, -124.085547
    June 12, 2022
  • Sea Sandwort
    Sea Sandwort
    44.405894, -124.085494
    June 12, 2022
  • Path to beach from HWY 100 pullout
    Path to beach from HWY 100 pullout
    44.40655, -124.085967
    June 12, 2022
  • Protruding log from foredune
    Protruding log from foredune
    44.409789, -124.08525
    June 12, 2022
  • Human Trash
    Human Trash
    upper left: 44.405667, -124.086158, upper right: 44.402083, -124.086136, lower left: 44.396661, -124.087219, lower right: 44.410544, -124.085381
    June 12, 2022
  • Fire Pit near path that leads to Inn at Sandcastle Beach Vacasa Rental
    Fire Pit near path that leads to Inn at Sandcastle Beach Vacasa Rental
    44.400933, -124.086389
    June 12, 2022
  • Graffiti on the sandstone bluff
    Graffiti on the sandstone bluff
    44.405156, -124.085511
    June 12, 2022
Other Mile 200 Reports (41)


November 3, 2022 - KFunk
There were a few cars in the parking lot in Patterson State Park this cool non-windy Thursday morning. Patterson Creek was easy to cross to start my mile. The first thing I noticed was this very long...
  • Looking south at start of mile
  • Wrack Line Debris
  • Looking south toward the Big Stump
  • Protruding log that I am watching over time
  • Dead bird near dunes
  • Dead bird near dunes
  • Dead bird near dunes
  • Graffiti
  • Graffiti
  • Graffiti
  • Graffiti
  • Path from 101 to beach near Mile Post 158
  • Path from 101 to beach near Mile Post 158
  • Trash
  • Trash - netting
February 18, 2022 - KFunk
The parking lot at Patterson State Park had few cars this sunny cool Friday morning. As I walked near the ocean heading south of Patterson Creek, I observed many rocks, small clumps of rockweed and...
  • Comparison of log protruding from foredune
  • Log protruding from foredune
  • Dune with vertical log for future reference
  • Sea Lion Carcass
  • Human Trash
  • Tide line
  • Rockweed
  • Snail eggs
  • Styrofoam supporting path down to beach
  • Human trash near Patterson Creek
  • Vertical logs just south of Patterson Creek


December 5, 2021 - KFunk
On Thursday, I looked for a safe place to watch the King Tide on this part of the beach. I found a path that leads to the top of the dunes and is accessed from a pullout on 101. I was able to observe...
  • Tidal surge during King Tide (9.12 feet)
  • Tidal surge during King Tide (9.12 feet)
  • Same shot as above taken from the dune accessed by the path on 101 (looking north).
  • Beach grass eroded on the fore dune
  • Log protruding from fore dune
  • Logs protruding from fore dune
  • "handmade" stairs going up the dunes
  • Latest tide line looking north
  • Piece of wood with nails
  • Drainage pipe at sound end of the mile
October 15, 2021 - KFunk
Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start the mile. As I started walking south near the ocean, there were little pieces of jellyfish on the tide line. I continued walking south and saw kelp...
  • Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
  • Styrofoam pieces in the strand line
  • Wood near the latest tide line
  • Wood near the latest tide line
  • Rope near the latest tide line
  • Dead bird near the latest tide line
  • Dead bird near the latest tide line
  • Sandal left on the beach
  • Human trash left on the beach
September 1, 2021 - KFunk
Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start this mile south of Patterson Creek. The creek was easy to cross. The multitude of Crystal Jellies on the driftline continued for the whole mile...
  • Crystal Jellies on the driftline
  • Crystal Jelly
  • Looking north from the start of the mile.
  • Looking east from the start of the mile.
  • Looking south from the start of the mile.
  • Dead bird- Common Murre? - found on the driftline
  • Dead bird  found on the driftline
  • Looking north from the Big Stump
  • Looking north from the beach near the Inn at Sandcastle Beach vacation rental.
  • Looking south at the bluffs
March 11, 2021 - bluemoonjoanie
Calm sunny morning with an incoming tide.  The sand dunes were noticibly eroded. 


May 5, 2019 - bluemoonjoanie
Calm day on mile 200 with a minus tide.  
January 30, 2019 - bluemoonjoanie
Nice morning to end my 2019 reports for Mile 200.  


November 6, 2018 - KatAll
Beach is clean and there were other people picking up small plastic. We came at high tide and the waves are nearly to the dunes south. The creek is wide and shallow. No creek definition. We attempted...
  • Sneaker wave
  • Bull Kelp pile
  • High water mark
September 16, 2018 - bluemoonjoanie
Just a pleasant day on Mile 200.  No litter, clean beach.    
  • Out going tide.


November 29, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
There was an extremly high tide this morning with several sneaker waves. The normal shore line was missing today; welcome to the winter coast in Oregon! Several pyrosome creatures were found on this...
  • pryosome
May 7, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
February 25, 2017 - bluemoonjoanie
Beautiful day on miles 200, no wind and blue sky.  Few items that I would like to report on.  See photos.  Will email separately, as my wi-fi is not letting me load them.  Fawn, check your email. ...
  • Pyrosoma atlanticum
  • alder in surf
  • harbor seal- Phoca vitulina
  • harbor seal- Phoca vitulina
  • kelp gas bladder
  • Pyrosoma atlanticum
  • Western Gull-Larus occidentalis


December 31, 2016 - bluemoonjoanie
Lovely last day of the year to walk mile 200!  The shoreline was free of debris, except for a few pieces of plastic and styrofoam.


December 29, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
A normal winter day on Mile 200. We had a high low tide of 3., lots of large plastics, plastic bottles/debris, light rain, and lots of natural beach erosion from previous high tides. It was nice to...
April 22, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
A beautiful day on mile 200. Would like the photos identified.
  • Unusual creature. Please identify.
  • Please identify
February 26, 2015 - bluemoonjoanie
Few people observed on this visit. The stream is eroding the entrance to Patterson State Park. Ranger observed chain-sawing logs near entrance.
  • Entrance to beach is being eroded away. Needs maintenance.


August 25, 2014 - bluemoonjoanie
A calm summer morning on Mile 200, with the shifting incoming/outgoing tides. The shoreline had what seemed to be an unusual amount of algae/kelp on it. The actual beach had little to any garbage on...
May 10, 2014 - bluemoonjoanie
There was an unusual number of small dead crabs, and a mussel I had not seen before. There was also an odd piece of debris that I deposited into the state parks garbage can. See photo. Patterson...
  • Seemed like an unusual number of dead crabs.
  • Odd shell fish in an open position.
  • This star fish was alive, and in the surf. I have not seen one in this area before.
  • I was not sure if this was from the Japan tsunami or not. I deposited it into the State Park garbage can. They do not have a special box for tsunami debris.


August 30, 2013 - bluemoonjoanie
Beautiful day on Mile 200. One dead seal pup (see photo). Mild fog with sunshine, nice summer weather. One lone Bonaparte's Gull was spotted as well as many pelicans, gulls, and sandpipers.Several...
May 26, 2013 - bluemoonjoanie
Park Ranger was driving on the beach. A dead gray whale calf that was reportedly killed by a pod of orcas two weeks before had washed up on the beach. Ranger was going to bury the body. It was...
  • Grey Whale Calf had been killed two weeks prior to washing up on mile 200.


December 28, 2012 - bluemoonjoanie
Extremely high tides this week. We are taking garbage bags with us on each walk we go on. Good time of the year to collect garbage. Lots of new logs on the shoreline in this area of the coast from...
  • High tides.
October 20, 2012 - bluemoonjoanie
There seemed to be more logs on the beach. No tsunami debris found. Beautiful day.


August 20, 2011 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful day in Waldport, Oregon. The weather was perfect. There was a wedding going on during the time we were there! What a perfect day they chose. Everyone was wearing white. There was...
July 1, 2011 - bluemoonjoanie
I ran into the State Park Ranger. He pointed out that the garbage receptical I was using was for beach debris only. It seems there is a new experimental project for Mile 200/Patterson Beach. There...


November 12, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
Nice day for a walk along mile 200. It was a pleasant 54 degrees.
September 5, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a very quiet evening on Mile 200. Earlier in the day in Yahats, we spotted a pod of about four whales going north.
August 17, 2010 - Aiassa
Did locate the harbor seal remains from Friday above surf line.
  • Tail section of Harbor Seal
August 16, 2010 - Aiassa
As usual a quite foggy afternoon and thinly populated day at the beach with little debris on the beach and tide line.
  • Large tree stump near cliff area with stream water passing
  • Sea life in tide wash
  • An interesting tree driftwood that has been on the beach for more than a year but continually changes position and angles.
August 15, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful summer morning on mile 200! The tide was out, the shoreline was free of litter, the temperature was mild, and there was a slight breeze.
  • This is a photo of the exposed stump on mile 200.  I have not seen it before.
May 29, 2010 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a very calm and quite morning along mile 200. The minus tide allowed for walking further out than normal. There was no litter to pick up and nothing unusual to report. All the dogs were on...


January 23, 2009 - Aiassa
One of the several sunny days this week in January warm and light winds. Great time to enjoy and walk the beach.
  • A large twisted driftwood tree which seems to change direction and location over a months time.


December 5, 2008 - Aiassa
Another beautiful BRIGHT day on the coast light wind/sunny and few people. The presence of a large number of Sea Nettles in the driftline was unusual.
July 2, 2008 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a pleasant day at Mile 200. It always amazes me how few people visit this area of the Oregon coastline.
March 1, 2008 - Aiassa
A very unevenful report. Beautiful weather today and people enjoy the beach on the 200 mile of the wild Oregon coast!
  • Large tree with an unusal twist beautiful lines and curves to it.
  • Pile of driftwood logs
February 9, 2008 - bluemoonjoanie
The tide was higher than we have ever seen it. There was no beach to walk on, because of the extreme high tide. We were only able to complete a short walk on Mile 200 for safety reasons. The ocean...
  • It was a beautiful day on Mile 200. There was an extremely high tide that day.
  • It was a beautiful day on Mile 200.
  • High tide.


December 31, 2007 - Aiassa
Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast. Surf high. Several new driftwood logs from recent storm.
September 2, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
What a beautiful day on mile 200. It does not get much better for a perfect weather day.
May 28, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
The weather was perfect all Memorial week-end. Very few people in the Waldport area. As a side note, I heard we have nutria in the inlets, and I have not seen any signs of this invasive species....
May 6, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
Mile 200 looked good today. We did see two of the questionable logs but no photos were taken. It was a wonderful spring day at our beautiful Oregon coast.
February 18, 2007 - bluemoonjoanie
It was a beautiful mostly sunny mild day on mile 200. The 4 young boys by themselves was parents in site. This was one of the highest tides I have seen in a long time.There seemed...